NBA Trade Rumors & Team Injury News: Lakers, Bulls, Nuggets
A bite size edition of today’s NBA coverage starting with news that LA Lakers Kobe Bryant, who has reiterated his uncertainty on whether he will feature in tonight’s opening game against Dallas Mavericks.
Bryant covered up in a long-sleeved shirt and sweat pants at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice on Monday did little to persuade fans that he was ready for action, spouting instructions to teammates rather than shooting hoops.
Lakers coach Mike Brown called Bryant a game-time decision for tonight, which will showcase the debuts of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash; if the LA legend is not recognized as match fit then Jodie Meeks will start in his place.
Meeks averaged 9.1 points as a starter in 50 games with the Philadelphia 76ers last season.
Over to Denver now and it appears that Ty Lawson’s possible contract extension will be decided at the eleventh hour due to a halt in contract talks.
The Nuggets franchise may lose their point guard if he decides to become a free agent this summer, a Wednesday deadline is looming and chiefs are breaking sweat over this ordeal.
“I don’t think we’re at the point where we want to be at right now,” Lawson said last night after practice, “We’ll see. We have two days left.
If Lawson signs a contract extension with the Nuggets, it should amount to a sum of $13 million range per season making him Denver’s second-highest-paid player behind Andre Iguodala.
Our third and final NBA news snippet comes by way of Chicago, it’s the injured Chicago Derrick Rose that everybody’s talking about.
Coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t at a loss as to whether Rose will sit on the bench, or travel with the team in the season opener but he knows one thing for sure, the healing process comes first.
“He’s usually doing rehab during a part of the game, so I want that to be the focus. He may travel some, he may not… If it better serves us to have him here or some place doing rehab, we’re going to do that, said Thibodeau.